Odisha govt’s apathy puts future of new Jharsuguda hospital in doldrums

Following is a report from http://www.prameyanews7.com:

Bhubaneswar: Negligence and lackadaisical attitude of the State Government has left the future of the newly set up 300 bedded hospital in Jharsuguda in the dark.

Even after completion of about 90 per cent of the hospital it is still to dysfunctional with some basic facilities yet to be completed.

Sources said the hospital which was inaugurated by none other than Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on March 4, 2013 is almost complete with more than 90 per cent of work done.

The deadline of handing over the hospital to the authorities would finish this month but still now there has not been green signal towards the issue as the future of the hospital remains uncertain.

But even after three years the authorities do not show interest to hand over the hospital while the hospital authorities are showing disinterest to interfere in the issue.

The PWD authorities said more than Rs10 crores are needed to complete the hospital as some basic facilities like electricity connection, transformers for the connection, water connections are yet to be functional.

When asked about the issue, Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said he would discuss the matter with the District Collector on Thursday. It will be completed by the stipulated time, he added.

The Rs 48 crore worth hospital will have 300 beds for patients and will cater to the all important healthcare needs of Jharsuguda denizens.

September 24, 2016 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

Rourkela chosen for smart city project

Following is a report from the TOI:

ROURKELA: After Bhubaneswar, the state has one more contender for the smart city tag. The steel city of Rourkela on Tuesday was accorded the smart city honour with the Centre listing it among 27 cities in its third list released by the Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

The capital city was adjudged the smartest city in the country in October last year. Rourkela had missed the opportunity in the first and second round but managed to get the tag in the third round. Sources said the massive participation of the people in the opinion poll in the race to the smart city fetched it the tag.

The small village of Rourkela became a modern industrial town after the public sector giant, the Rourkela Steel Plant, was established in 1958. Like Bhubaneswar, Rourkela was also designed by the Germans. In November 2014, the state government upgraded the Rourkela municipality into a municipal corporation.

The smart city tag to the city by the Centre is also an indication of the BJP planning to strengthen its base further in the region. The city comes under Sundargarh district, where BJP stalwart and Union tribal affairs minister Jual Oram is the Lok Sabha MP. The Rourkela assembly constituency is also represented by Dilip Kumar Ray, another senior BJP leader.

After the Centre’s announcement, the city erupted in joy. The industrial hub, like the capital city, which has planned a series of programmes for the city’s makeover, will soon turn into a model town. More foreign investment is likely to be pumped into making the smart city.

Apart from injecting smart ways into the planning to ensure a stress-free workplace, the municipal corporation has planned to develop the city from the Bisra Chowk to Panposh. This area has been decided to be Rourkela’s upscale area like that of Bhubaneswar.

September 24, 2016 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

Drought hits Deogaon block of Balangir district

Following is a report from the Sambad:

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September 17, 2016 at 5:37 am Leave a comment

Dana Majhi effect: Medical college site earmarked

BHAWANIPATNA: The Kalahandi district administration has earmarked a 40-acre land near Bhanagabari village, four km from here, on the NH-59 that connects Khariar-Nuapadadistrict for the proposed medical college.

Collector (Kalahandi) Brundha D said it is a suitable place for the hospital as it is well-connected. The land belongs to directorate of animal husbandry and veterinary services. “We will inform the state government to make a final call,” the collector said. Following Dana Majhi issue, the state government announced to set up a government medical college here and subsequently it had asked the district administration to find a 25-acre land near Bhawanipatna.

Sub-collector Sukanta Tripathy (Bhawanipatna sub-division) said a place was required for the setting up of the medical college within five-km radius of the town and the patch fulfils the criterion.

September 17, 2016 at 5:27 am Leave a comment

Kosli is our mother tongue:Padmashri Haldhar Nag

Following is a report from the Sambad:

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September 11, 2016 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

Odisha’s healthcare in shambles; helpless patient’s plea for medical care goes unheard in Sundargarh

Following is a report from http://odishasuntimes.com:

In a heart wrenching incident that should put Odisha Government’s tall claims on healthcare facilities to shame, a helpless old man was today spotted by local reporters lying on the veranda of Sundargarh district headquarters hospital awaiting medical care since past eight days.

The frail looking man – identified as Pawan Bodra — is suffering from diarrhoea. He admitted himself in the hospital on August 31 seeking medical attention. However, without a family member or caretaker to attend to his needs, all that he has been given by the hospital staff is a saline.

“I have been suffering from diarrhoea and came here for treatment. I can’t see a doctor around. I am lying here in hunger. No one has offered me any help,” said the Bodra fumbling, with his hands trembling out of weakness.

Even though the saline pipe was still connected to his body, his condition was pitiable as he laid there on the hard ground without any bedding, medicine or clean clothes.

The hospital authorities, however, claimed that the patient was mentally unstable even though we could make no such observation from our conversation with the patient.

“The patient has certain neurological deficits along with diarrhoea. He keeps coming out on his own no matter how we try to keep him in the ward. He doesn’t have an attendant with him. We are unable to keep an eye on him round the clock,” said Sundargarh CDMO Sashi Bhusan Nayak.

“We are not neglecting him. We are changing his clothes regularly. We have asked the Sulabh folks to clean his clothes,” he added.

September 11, 2016 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment

Poverty – A Way Of Life In Odisha’s Kalahandi

Written By: Saurabh Gupta| Edited By: Richa Taneja

Kalahandi tribals
According to government figures, Rs 3000 crore has been spent in Kalahandi since 1980s.

Kalahandi, Odisha: In 1984, Phanus Punji, the poor woman from Kalahandi in Odisha had sold her sister-in-law Banita for Rs 40 and a saree to feed other members of her family. Then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had to fly down to Kalahandi to see for himself the poverty in which people lived in.

The government then floated KBK (Kalahandi-Balangir-Koraput) special scheme and pumped in huge funds. But, 30 years later, the gut-wrenching tale of Dana Majhi, who carried his wife’s body on his shoulders for 10 km as he had no money to afford a hearse van, has put Kalahandi back into the limelight.

Government schemes not implemented

Mr Majhi wouldn’t have had to go through the ordeal had he availed two government schemes. The Harishchandra Scheme by the government, that provides money for funerals for the poor and was introduced in 2013. And the Mahaprayan Scheme that provides free hearse service to transport bodies that was announced in February and launched after Majhi’s wife’s death.

Government figures from the last financial year show that spending under the Harishchandra scheme in Kalahandi is among the lowest even though the district ranks eleventh in terms of population.

This perhaps is why Dana Majhi, a tribal, took the decision to walk home with his wife’s body. The story is similar in the entire Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput region, an area that has seen acute poverty. Mr Majhi admitted he did not know what to do and did not seek any help from anyone.

In 2006, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Kalahandi as one of the country's 250 most backward districts.
In 2006, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Kalahandi as one of the country’s 250 most backward districts.

Tribals don’t receive money from National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme alleges Opposition:

Narsingh Mishra, Leader of Opposition from Bolangir said, “In Odisha, the payments under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme have not been made for the last six months. This is leading to more and more poverty in the region.”

Mishra said, “Funds for the development of this region have been misused and misappropriated. Therefore, the region has remained where it is.”

“In some cases, funds from this scheme have been used for purchase of vehicles and beautification of buildings in Bhubaneswar and some district headquarters. Will that eradicate poverty?” Mishra asked.

Politicians visit, schemes floated but no action on ground

In 2006, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Kalahandi as one of the country’s 250 most backward districts. In 2016, Kalahandi’s situation hasn’t got any better. According to government figures, Rs 3000 crore has been spent in the area since 1980s. Several schemes were announced in the past and high profile politicians had visited the place.

However, the region still lacks basic facilities like roads and telephone connectivity.

Former Railway minister and Congress leader Bhakta Charan Das told NDTV, “At a time when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi is talking about digital India and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is talking about developing Odisha, we are seeing such a shameful incident where an adivasi walked 10 km with his wife’s dead body.”

The BJP Yuva Morcha also held a protest and said, “Naveen Patnaik only announces schemes but no work gets done. Rahul Gandhi comes here only to get photos but does no work on the ground.”

If someone is ill, they are carried on a makeshift stretcher on foot.
If someone is ill, they are carried on a makeshift stretcher on foot.

Maoist insurgency and the challenge of accessibility

For tribals in Kalahandi, accessibility is a huge challenge. Due to Maoist insurgency, building roads in these parts of the country is difficult. The last two years have seen 15 gun battles between Maoists and security forces.

With poor connectivity, Mr Majhi and his wife had to walk to Nagrundi, 4 km from his village from where the only available transport is a rickety bus to the main road.

Ramchandra Naik, a resident of the area told NDTV, “If someone is ill, they are carried on a makeshift stretcher on foot.”

District Magistrate and Collector Dr Brundha D said, “If you compare with the 1980s, a lot of development has taken place. We are focusing on road and mobile connectivity because if these two things happen, I can monitor all schemes and reach people closely.”

Despite the fact that fertile tracts of the district have shown improvement in socio-economic indicators, the implementation of schemes, programmes and services on the ground is the real challenge that the government faces today.

September 9, 2016 at 8:39 pm Leave a comment

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